Bronx News that Matters

19 May

Today, The New York Times reports on the heavy uptick in homicides in the Wakefield section of the 47th Precinct in the northeast Bronx. At this point last year there was one murder. This year, there has already been eight. Police Commissioner William Bratton is pushing a change in patrolling, having cops make contact with families “on every block in the precinct.”

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a long-time partner of former assemblyman, councilman, state attorney and school board president Oliver Koppell, is not supporting him in his bid to unseat incumbent Jeffrey Klein. Instead Dinowitz endorsed Klein on Friday. This is a big Bronx race but it has statewide relevance as Klein’s small Independent Democratic Conference has pulled Senate control out of Democrats’ hands. As leader of the IDC group, he often partners with Republican leaders regarding legislation.

BronxTalk (channel 67 on Bronxnet) highlights the push for a Hudson River Greenway going up through Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale.

On Saturday, the refurbished gym in Our Lady of Refuge Church was renamed for Daniel Barden, one of the 7-year-0lds who died in the Newtown mass shooting. His mother attended OLR in the Fordham-Bedford Neighborhood (196th Street and Grand Concourse).

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